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Puerto Rican faces new charges in child porn case

January 17, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 25-year-old Puerto Rican faces more than two dozen new charges in a child pornography case that federal prosecutors say now involves a total of 58 girls from the U.S. and other countries.

Jimmy Caraballo Colon was arrested in June 2013 in a case involving a 17-year-old Colorado girl that authorities say he met online and tried to blackmail after threatening to post nude recordings of her.

U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Friday that another investigation revealed Caraballo had contacted dozens of other girls for the same purpose in states including New York, Texas, California and North Carolina, as well as countries such as Australia, Canada and Finland.

Caraballo was a former member of Puerto Rico’s fencing team. An attorney for him could not be immediately reached for comment.

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